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JohnBeeMan
05-18-2007, 06:57 PM
I had a swarm move into an empty nuc box sitting behind the garage on5/10/07. The wife came in and ask, "did you know that there were bees in those boxes behind the garage?" - 22407

That was a pleasant surprise. We do not know where the came from - I had just gone through all my hives two days before and saw not signs of swarm preparations.

AstroBee
04-13-2008, 10:16 AM
Two seperate calls on 4/12/08 zips: 23608 and 23432

JohnBeeMan
04-15-2008, 03:56 PM
April 15 - takes some of pain out of tax day. 22407
They were wrapped around a fence post- just about as easy as it gets.

vajerzy
10-14-2008, 04:46 AM
Italians In my backyard- small swarm about the size of a flattened volley ball, 23139. Housed them in a single deep.

Curtis
04-08-2009, 03:06 PM
Swarm,
3/7/09

AstroBee
04-11-2009, 07:54 PM
4/10/09 First capture of the season. Small swarm. Homeowner said the same colony swamed the previous weekend.

Black Creek
04-14-2009, 05:48 AM
picked up a Large Swarm from Chester, VA 23831

Nice folks had 2 strong hives overwintered in 3 deeps each and had no more equipment to hive the swarm themselves. Large swarm. I had 2-5frame medium nucs stacked and the swarm barely fit in them.

Toby
04-17-2009, 02:04 PM
4/10/09 large swarm, flew away after several hours
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/441/swarm2.jpg (http://img26.imageshack.us/my.php?image=swarm2.jpg)

4/17/09 another large swarm! we captured this one! :thumbsup:

alicelee428
04-26-2009, 07:32 PM
one of my hives swarmed today, April 26

clarkfarm
05-06-2009, 04:05 PM
Hive swarmed this morning. I am in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bees went to low handing limb of Scotch Pine. Cut off limb and got bees into a deep hive box. Will move it tonight.

dsquared
04-16-2010, 06:34 PM
My first swarm this year in Berryville, Virginia. I can't remember one this early.

winevines
04-20-2010, 06:46 PM
My first swarm this year in Berryville, Virginia. I can't remember one this early.

Swarm in Haymarket - about 45 minutes away around the same date...April 15th. last year I had one around April 17th and the year I started with bees (2006), we saw a swarm and it was April 9th

jajtiii
04-21-2010, 06:38 PM
4/17
Charles City, Va
Small Swarm

dkvello
04-23-2010, 06:49 AM
4/19/10
Virginia Beach, va
Clear Mild, low 70's
unknown Origin

papamoose
05-10-2010, 09:29 AM
Caught swarm in swarm trap, Tuesday May 4th. Good hunting!!

mothergoosemagic
05-22-2010, 05:34 PM
Fairlawn, VA. About 3 pounds in a maple. Looked very much like rkr's photo.

jajtiii
06-26-2010, 08:11 PM
Chesterfield, Virginia
23235
3 to 4# swarm, hanging on a pine branch about 13' in the air.

Shook it into a box, poured it into the hive and picked it up after dark.

Black Creek
07-25-2010, 03:12 PM
just had a hive swarm July 23. also had 2 others swarm back in May. May 6th and May 8th.

I was actually standing right there when the 1st swarm left the hive. all went directly up into the giant dogwood tree they are under. hived all 3

jajtiii
04-04-2011, 07:28 PM
First 2 Swarms Today

1 in Varina, Virginia (23231)
1 in the West End of Richmond, Virginia (23238)

jajtiii
04-05-2011, 09:15 PM
Mid-sized swarm today, 4/5 - Varina, Virginia 23231

dkvello
04-08-2011, 07:08 AM
Two last week, 4/3 and 4/6 (one mine) 23456, (virginia beach Va)

jajtiii
04-10-2011, 08:27 PM
Swarm with about 4 lbs of bees today on a cedar (they almost always are in cedars around here). Varina, Virginia 23231

kacaskey
04-15-2011, 03:54 AM
wednesday april 13th my hive swarmed. got half plus the queen in a box and the rest migrated. those girls are booming!!!!:)

alicelee428
04-19-2011, 11:11 AM
Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Swarmed 5/18 or 5/19 (partly sunny and in 70's) found them up in tree just above the hive...Beek friend came and got them down for me, so now I have 5 hives instead of 4!

rkereid
04-24-2011, 08:08 PM
Had a swarm call today in SW Virginia. First one I have heard about around here this year. They were about 25 feet up in holly tree. Probably 5 lbs of dark colored bees. I got there in time to see another swarm issue from a second hive and fly about 50 feet up in a white pine. Got the first one hived up and went back after dark to collect. Had to let the high one go.

Beeken
05-01-2011, 07:26 PM
First swarm 4-30-11. Washington County Va.

Beeken
05-05-2011, 04:38 PM
2nd swarm this spring. 5/5/11 Washington County Va.

Beeckmann
05-11-2011, 11:25 AM
5lbs or so 70 feet up a Oak Tree. 22554 5/9/2011

mothergoosemagic
05-11-2011, 12:16 PM
May 7 near Christiansburg, VA. A *tiny* swarm at the exact same location as one I picked up last year. Trying to get into an old nest under someone's house. Fortunately, the homeowner had plugged up the holes, so there were just frustrated bees. Ran a nuc-sized trap straight over there. Hived them today, and it looks like a queen might be inside. Followed Michael Bush's recommendation and gave them a frame of brood to keep them home.

Last year's swarm was huge and much later in May, so I set up another, larger swarm trap in the same spot. Maybe lightning will strike twice.

rtsquirrel
06-04-2011, 07:46 PM
My colony swarmed three weeks ago, May 9, 2011. Henrico, VA.

thestainedglasschick
08-31-2011, 06:04 PM
Today, Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Manassas, Virginia

rkereid
09-12-2011, 08:55 AM
9-10-11, Blacksburg, VA 24060 morning

Clear day. A swarm was found in the local community garden adjacent to some of my and others hives. It was a nice 4 or 5 lbs, 3' off the ground. Hived them easily and brought them home around dusk. It's really late for them. We are having a fair goldenrod flow so I will see how far they build and either add resources or combine around first week of Oct. It was not obvious which hive they came from. Could have been a crowded nuc, but that's a lot of bees for a double 5 frame med nuc. We also have a large log at the site with a strong feral colony so it could have been them.

tsmullins
09-28-2011, 08:09 AM
September 27th. Had a small swarm from one of my three first year hives.

beknownst
03-21-2012, 07:18 PM
Central Virginia: One year old hive swarmed on the Ides of March (March 15). Landed in a tree at eye level and now there are two hives!

rjg
04-03-2012, 04:06 PM
Collected a basketball sized swarm on mar 29. One of my hives swarmed today. Todays temp was low 70's, overnight was 33.

Foster
04-09-2012, 08:00 AM
Caught my own bees swarming yesterday, April 8, 2012. Location is central Virginia, where the winter was gentle and Spring warmer than normal. The swarm came from a one year old hive and clustered in 3 spots in the yard. I was able to catch all 3 and put them into the top bar hive that we built over the winter.

BSCOTTM
04-09-2012, 08:00 AM
First swarm Bedford, VA 4-6-12.

rkereid
04-15-2012, 04:26 PM
Three different swarms that I know of in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg, mountains of southwest VA (24060 and 24073) area in the last two days. Weather sunny and in the 70s and 80s.

rkereid
04-16-2012, 08:08 PM
Two more swarms in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, VA.

BearHill
04-20-2012, 03:21 PM
Three swarms off my own bees on Monday, April 16, here in Linden, VA -- one three-pounder and two one-pounders. I was telecommuting, so I was able to catch them. Phew! My bees have never swarmed this early. And I'm already maxed out on equipment despite building up a healthy surplus over the winter. Will be building new boxes and frames this weekend.

rkereid
04-23-2012, 06:41 AM
Caught a double swarm (I'll see later if each has a queen) and a single swarm on Saturday April 21. 24060, Blacksburg, VA area.

rkereid
04-26-2012, 06:55 AM
Caught a decent sized swarm on (and in) a bluebird box yesterday, fortunately no birds present. Blacksburg, VA 24060

Edcrosbys
05-09-2012, 12:14 PM
I live in Northern Virginia.

Swarms I've had so far this year are:

April 1
April 13
April 14
Snowed on April 23 (No swarm, just snow!)
April 26
April 30
May 4
May 5

Edcrosbys
05-21-2012, 09:16 AM
Sunday, May 20th-
soccer ball sized swarm on soffit of two story house.

canoemaker
01-13-2013, 01:13 PM
I checked my hives in Stuart, Va, today (1/13) and they are bringing in lots of yellow pollen. They have been collecting it long enough to have packed into wallet sized areas of brood comb. They are also bringing in a green pollen. I don't know the source of either of the pollens.

AstroBee
04-05-2013, 07:02 AM
4/3/13 first swarm capture of the season. 23504

BSCOTTM
04-26-2013, 11:44 AM
4/25/13. 3 LB swarm caught and relocated. 18 in off the ground. quick catch. VA 24014

PleaseBees
04-30-2013, 01:05 PM
Sunday April 28th, 22963 (central VA). I had a fairly decent sized swarm, early afternoon before a rainstorm. They may have been my bees, but darned if I can tell which hive it was. I recaptured them and stuffed them in a spare nuc box until I can get another hive ready.
A nearby acquaintance also had a swarm the same day (which they lost).

shannonswyatt
06-09-2013, 08:27 AM
6-6-13. 24012. After a couple of days of rain.

shannonswyatt
06-15-2013, 02:49 PM
June 15th, 2013, Roanoke (Bonsack area), VA 24012. Perfect June day. Just finished checking out a nuc in my backyard that had a bunch of scouts around it. Not too impressed as I had seen that before. Go in the house, post a video of the scouts to show my Cousin (here is that video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYSxrxnxs8E&feature=youtu.be)). Go out to check a Top Bar in the backyard. Bees doing the typical afternoon orientation flights. Go back in the house and wife asks about the scouts. I told her that the scouting had calmed down (only saw a single bee on the way back in) but the boys and girls were orienting, which we like to watch. She goes to the window and screams "OH MY GOD! LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!" Tons and tons of bees moving into the nuc. Checked my other hive in the yard, but there were not coming from that box. Anyway we got to sit in the middle of a swarm with my wife and daughter. It was very, very cool! Posting the video of the swarm here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqTPQS9W8uE&feature=youtu.be). Cant wait to open her up in a few days to see how big it is. It seemed huge! :D

piggle boy
07-01-2013, 03:11 PM
We caught a swarm on 06-28 in northern VA. It was hanging out in a 6-foot sapling about 10 feet away from the entrance of the hive it split from.

shannonswyatt
07-05-2013, 08:36 AM
July 4 smith mountain lake, va. Small swarm about a foot off the ground.

shannonswyatt
07-18-2013, 12:19 PM
7/17/13, Bedford Co, VA. Good size swarm > 5 pounds for sure.

Turner23093
08-17-2013, 12:29 PM
My hive here in Central Virginia August 3, 2013. The hive was established this year.

pulsar
04-12-2014, 01:58 PM
Put the trap out 3 days ago, and found them today.
Hampton, VA 23666
4-12-14

biggraham610
04-21-2014, 08:28 PM
3 of 10 of a buddy of mines swarmed today. He caught 2.
Central Va. 23040

mbwalton
04-22-2014, 12:41 PM
22 April 2014, Virginia Beach, VA. From one of my own hives that was an over wintered Nuc 5 over 5 medium, switched to a 8 frame medium with 2 mediums on 03/11/14, added two more mediums April 1. All boxes filled, 4, on 4/13/134 with queen cells. Created Nuc with some queen cells at this time, but figured they would swarm anyway & they did today. Watched them leave in a cloud & they landed in a Bradford Pear tree in neighbors yard about 70' away. Got my gear & was able to get them out of the tree back into an empty 2 box medium 8 frame. Approximately 4 to 4 1/2 # of bees. Happy I caught it, but not happy my hive swarmed anyway

rkereid
04-23-2014, 08:23 PM
A large prime swarm near Shawsville, VA (between Roanoke and Blacksburg) today. First we've heard about in these parts this year. As I was loading the truck to go get it, they called to say it took off.

treeWinder
04-26-2014, 01:50 PM
Accomac County, Va. 75Degrees, Sunny, 15mph West wind, 2:00pm. Settled on a holly tree 5' above one of my traps.

Estimate 5lb swarm, I boxed in a 10 frame deep.

tsmullins
04-30-2014, 12:56 PM
Smaller swarm
Wise VA 24293
Overcast 60's

Too high up to attempt.

shannonswyatt
05-07-2014, 01:38 PM
Swarm in Roanoke, VA, May 7th. Workers said that they get several a year all within about 50 feet of the location of this swarm. It looked very small when I got onsite, but it was probably 3 pounds. Got them to march into a swarm box, and hopefully they will be there tonight for me to pick them up.

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shannonswyatt
05-08-2014, 02:59 PM
Another Swarm, Roanoke, VA (Bonsack). Flew into a deadout hive in my backyard today.

treeWinder
05-11-2014, 02:27 PM
2nd Swarm, 5-11-14, 75 degrees, sunny, 5mph wind, 10:30am, est. 3lb.

10767As they were coming in to a pine tree, 15' up. Used a pole and bucket to get em. Took about 15 minutes as they were coming in to fully cluster.

tsmullins
05-14-2014, 06:39 PM
Hived a softball sized swarm at our local Food City. Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Matt Schulze
04-07-2015, 06:47 AM
Had one on Thursday, April 2nd and a second one on Monday, April 6th. Located in Suffolk, VA and the temperatures were in the high 70s. Best I can tell, both swarms departed the existing hive in late morning.

shannonswyatt
04-19-2015, 02:05 PM
4/17 and 4/18, Franklin County, VA.

Friend say that one hive swarmed on Friday and two on Saturday from his yard. He was able to capture them.

julieandwadeshelton
04-29-2015, 07:24 AM
4/27 - Probably about volleyball size.. at eye level on a pine sapling. My first.. got help with it. I could probably do it myself now, if they were low enough.

shannonswyatt
04-30-2015, 05:26 AM
4/29 Roanoke, VA
Got a call for a swarm, about the size of a pineapple (hived). While hiving it my son spotted another larger one in tree about 40 foot in the air. Hope they find a home!

tsmullins
05-03-2015, 06:05 AM
Wise VA - 24293. Decent swarm, 25' in a white pine. The parent colony swarmed around 3:00.

shannonswyatt
05-11-2015, 03:22 PM
Today a hive in my backyard swarmed and moved directly into anew empty hive with some comb in it on the other side of the yard. Roanoke, va

StonyCreekBees
05-25-2015, 09:04 PM
I had my very first swarm ever move into my bait hive today. Giles County Va, Not sure of the weight- but they gathered on the front of the box and it looked like a lot of bees. I'd guess in the 3-4lb range. Today's weather was beautiful. They started moving in about 10:30am and were all mostly inside the box an hour later.

shannonswyatt
06-15-2015, 06:37 PM
~14 June, Hillsville, VA. Went to collect them today, but they flew off a little bit before I got there.

shannonswyatt
06-17-2015, 01:44 PM
Got a call yesterday, Salem Virginia (Mason's cove). An honest 5 pound swarm. Hived them in a TBH at dawn, busy orienting this afternoon.

shannonswyatt
07-17-2015, 03:23 PM
Got a small swarm in the Raleigh Court area of Roanoke, VA today. (7/17/15). No more than a pound and a half, two at the top. Nice bees though. About 6 feet in the limb of a flowing bush of some sort. Caged the queen and will get the box tonight.

julieandwadeshelton
09-17-2015, 01:12 PM
Fieldale VA 24089
Probably swarmed about 2 wks ago.
had built comb on tree branch with a few capped brood upon discovery 9/16/15
Cut down, put in box.. abandoned.

Barry
02-09-2016, 11:02 AM
What is needed:



zip code, city or county
date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.



This forum is not for general discussion.

WWBee
03-28-2016, 03:48 PM
23169 - came home about 10am today 3-28-16 and one of my hives was swarming,they are on a pine limb strait above the hive 40,50ft up.i did a cut down split on this hive 2 weeks ago???

shannonswyatt
04-12-2016, 08:26 AM
Just east of Roanoke, VA off of Rt. 460, 4/11/16, was splitting a friends hive and found queens cells. Eventually we looked up to see a nice 4 or 5 pound swarm. Would have loved to have seen that hive pre-swarm, it was loaded with bees.

rkereid
04-12-2016, 09:07 AM
Just east of Roanoke, VA off of Rt. 460, 4/11/16, was splitting a friends hive and found queens cells. Eventually we looked up to see a nice 4 or 5 pound swarm. Would have loved to have seen that hive pre-swarm, it was loaded with bees.

Did you catch it?

shannonswyatt
04-12-2016, 10:14 AM
Did you catch it?

Yup!
23933

shannonswyatt
04-14-2016, 03:02 PM
4/14/16, 24019, Roanoke, VA (off of Plantation near Elizabeth Arden). Medium sized swarm in an evergreen tree. Had to resort to a pole saw to get it down.

biggraham610
04-15-2016, 04:57 PM
Caught and boxed 4-5# Swarm off of one of my hives. Noticed they were broodless last weekend but still packed with bees. Don't know if it was primary or secondary, but it was a dandy. G


OOps.....


Ooops..........:D

tcrg3
04-18-2016, 09:15 PM
Coeburn, VA. 24230. Found 4/17/16. My favorite part of beekeeping:)

Muzkrat
05-08-2016, 03:29 PM
I caught a large feral swarm that came from a Black walnut tree 5/7/2016. Easily a gallon of bees. Chatham Va. 24531

Tejones121
05-14-2016, 04:24 AM
3 swarms caught over Mothers Day weekend. 5/6 - 5/8. Chesapeake, Va.

biggraham610
05-14-2016, 09:13 AM
Cant keep the bees in the boxes. Brother caught a swarm from my apiary today and boxed it, I am at work. Will have to check and see where it came from tomorrow. The weather has really screwed up this spring!! G

WWBee
06-21-2016, 04:26 AM
Bees moved in a deep 10 trap sometime last week June 15 or so,trap is 4 ft off the ground at the end of a 10 acre field.used lemon grass oil and slum gum from wax melting.Trapped near Fork Union VA,my third trapped swarm this year

Randyw
03-07-2017, 05:08 AM
3-6-17 Virginia Beach Virginia. Hived Swarm from tree branch about 10 feet up.

photobiker
03-07-2017, 04:24 PM
I type this message 3 time but keep getting screwed up by photobucket so there is no picture. Basically got it about 75 feet from 2 of my other hives and based on what was going on inside fo those I don't think they came from my hives. Someone on here said bee attack bees. I'm a believer based on last year the the start of this year.

DerTiefster
03-07-2017, 07:06 PM
Not _quite_ a swarm yet, but a state apiary inspector today found a capped queen cell in one of my Russian bee hives. Swarm can't be far off. The bees still seemed to be there with last year's marked queen, but that cell (and some others) are now in splits. A bout of cool temps due soon, including snow forecast for Sunday. More queen cells in construction in other hives, also destined for splits as soon as can be managed. Perhaps this can be managed. Newbie.

shannonswyatt
03-26-2017, 10:29 AM
3-25-17 Got a call this morning about a swarm in South Salem, VA not far from Rowe Furniture on 460. They had already gone by time I got back to the person with the swarm.

Tejones121
04-04-2017, 03:37 AM
4/3/17 swarm call. 23322.

Tejones121
04-05-2017, 08:22 PM
4/5/17 swarm moved into a trap I hung this past Sunday. 23322

ruthiesbees
04-06-2017, 04:27 AM
4/5/2017 Surry Virginia 23883.

shannonswyatt
04-10-2017, 08:12 AM
4/9/17 - Altavista, VA. Large primary swarm. Homeowner saw them moving to the tree.

photobiker
04-10-2017, 05:55 PM
I'm in serious need of a swarm control class. So far this year I have captured 9 swarms out of trees around my hives. Are they all mine, I don't know but most likely. I know a couple are because I saw them swarm. Eight of the swarms are from my backyard where I have 4 hives. Didn't get 3 of them, just couldn't work it out. Don't know how many swarmed at the other site where I have 2 hives. I know of one because I got it. Have one sitting in a holly tree right now in the backyard. It's on the trunk of the tree and about 20' up and all I can do is look at. I am completely of everything. No boxes and now deep frames and about 10 sheets of deep foundation. Ordered supplies a week ago, just waiting right now. If I though I could get those bees I think I would put them in a cardboard box. But being wrapped around the trunk I can't get them loose.

seneca
04-11-2017, 10:27 AM
4/10/17 - Gladys, VA, 24554. I believe this was a primary swarm from one of my own hives.
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shannonswyatt
04-11-2017, 10:49 AM
4/10/17 - Roanoke, VA (South Roanoke City not far from the hospital). Looks like a primary swarm (4 or 5 pounds maybe), probably from the surrounding oaks.

shannonswyatt
04-14-2017, 03:45 PM
4/13/17 - Roanoke, VA (Vinton) Prime swarm in a maple about 12 feet off the ground. I'm guessing around 4 pounds.

shannonswyatt
04-14-2017, 03:46 PM
4/13/17 - Daleville, VA. Swarm moved into a Top Bar hive and a Lang Nuc at the Botetourt Beekeepers club apiary. Pollen going into the TBH. Lang looks really busy.

shannonswyatt
04-14-2017, 03:48 PM
4/14/17 - Roanoke, VA. It looks like two swarms have moved into empty TBH's in my home yard. The hives are right next two each other maybe 4 feet from each other.

Crnabeekeeper
04-15-2017, 03:40 AM
Just caught a swarm in Richmond, 4/14/17. Zip code 23220

billk
04-15-2017, 08:02 PM
4/3/17 & 4/15/17
Powhatan, VA

julieandwadeshelton
04-17-2017, 11:09 AM
4/16/17
Fieldale VA

shannonswyatt
04-17-2017, 11:18 AM
4/16/17 - Windy Gap (Hardy, VA) Medium size swarm on split rail fence.

base128grep
04-18-2017, 07:24 AM
4/17/17 - Scottsville VA, 24590. 2 swarms, 2 of 2 swarm traps are rocking. They aren't my bees.

julieandwadeshelton
04-20-2017, 06:19 AM
4/19/17?
24089 Fieldale VA
There at 7 am this morning.. it rained yesterday some but I'm assuming that's when it happened.

Our local club President has caught 12 swarms so far this spring. He is in Bassett 24055

shannonswyatt
04-21-2017, 11:50 AM
4/21/17
Roanoke (Hollins area).
Homeowner saw the swarm move in and land on a tree about eye level. Nice size prime swarm. Took one sting when I was showing off for the home owner pulling out handfuls of bees without gloves on.

This is my tenth swarm this year (5 baited and 5 shook from trees). Running out of gear!

Damien
04-24-2017, 07:42 PM
4/21/17
Virginia Beach. Nice size swarm that I was able to watch going into my swarm trap.

clong
05-06-2017, 05:57 PM
Maidens, Virginia near I-64. Caught my first swarm ever in a trap right in my own driveway, where it crosses a gully. I believe it moved in 5/5/17. Based on what I can see from the ground, probably 2-3#.

JWPalmer
05-07-2017, 12:35 PM
Richmond,VA Manchester industrial area. Caught a swarm May 1st. Moved them to my apiary May 7th.They had already drawn out the medium frame I put in and built 5 addition combs the size of salad plates. I guessing about 3-4#s of bees.

shannonswyatt
05-07-2017, 06:05 PM
5/5/17 - Roanoke VA. Small swarm in a tree in downtown Roanoke next to the Roanoke Times building and the jail. Lots of funny looks!

clong
05-24-2017, 09:48 AM
5/23/17 Hampton, VA. Picked up a cold, miserable swarm clinging to a small apple tree. Didn't spot a queen. Only weighed 7oz. soaking wet.

kateowp
05-29-2017, 08:10 AM
One of my hives swarmed today (Richmond- Byrd Park area)

JWPalmer
06-10-2017, 07:54 PM
6/9/17 Caught another swarm in the Manchester industrial area. Second one on this property. This time they moved onto a nuc and instead of the flower pot. Had scouts on both for about five days. Appears to be a small swarm. Will know in a week or so when I take them home and put them in a proper box.

Crnabeekeeper
06-20-2017, 01:46 PM
Yet another swarm from my hives. 6/20/17, Richmond 23220. Didn't catch this one, unfortunately.

shannonswyatt
07-23-2017, 09:14 PM
7/23/17, Roanoke VA, Swarm landed in a tree in Fishburn park. I was able to get a rope over the limb and shake it, but it was too high and the bees hardly reached the ground before flying back up. After the third shake a small group of them flew off. About 5 minutes later the rest left.

clong
05-01-2018, 08:37 PM
5/1/18 Maidens, Va. Spotted a swarm on the side of the road as we drove by. It was probably about 3 lbs originally. Best we can tell, a swarm landed on a small pine on the side of the road. The queen took flight, was hit by a car and landed in the road. The swarm coalesced around the queen, and was run over. About one pound of bees smashed. We found the (a?) queen. She was not smashed, but was dead. I raced home, got a swarm trap, and placed it next to the bees. They marched right in.

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clong
05-03-2018, 08:55 AM
Deleted.

clong
05-04-2018, 12:39 PM
5/3/18 Caught a swarm after all. 5lbs+. They wouldn't go in the trap because I over-baited the box. I had to bring a less aromatic box and move them. Lesson learned: Don't overbait the inside of the box.

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clong
05-24-2018, 04:19 AM
5/22/18 Maidens, Va. Swarm moved into trap on my driveway. Thankfully, not my own bees this time.

Haggard1
06-05-2018, 10:05 AM
Windsor, VA. April 1st was my earliest swarm.

clong
08-18-2018, 07:06 PM
8/16/18 Dinwiddie County, VA. A bee tree got knocked over in a storm. Found the bees clustered on a nearby tree 5 feet off the ground. 5 1/2 pounds.

JWPalmer
03-25-2019, 12:03 PM
It all starts with a few scouts. 3/25/19. Way early.

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clong
03-25-2019, 01:49 PM
It all starts with a few scouts. 3/25/19. Way early.
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JWPalmer,

Good idea on posting scout sightings. It is nice to see a trap getting attention.

Unlikely as it is, I'm rooting for a March swarm.

althea
03-25-2019, 04:40 PM
JWPalmer,

Good idea on posting scout sightings. It is nice to see a trap getting attention.

Unlikely as it is, I'm rooting for a March swarm.

Am late as usual will try and get mine up tues/wed. Funny thing is I have about 25 cedars surrounding my yard, between my swarms and others folks in the area I catch more swarms in those cedars then traps

clong
04-01-2019, 07:58 AM
3/31/19 Mechanicsville 2lbs of bees?

Original swarm was probably 6+ pounds. As of 3/30/19 the full cluster was still hanging on a redbud tree.
By 2pm on 3/31, 2/3 of the cluster was gone, with hundreds of bees in the air nearby. Part of the branch was cut off, and placed in a trap.

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GSH
04-03-2019, 04:27 PM
04/02/19 There was a large swarm in the far west end of Richmond, around 1:00 PM.

clong
04-03-2019, 07:04 PM
04/02/19 There was a large swarm in the far west end of Richmond, around 1:00 PM.

That is great! It sounds like swarm season is starting early. Do you have any pictures?

GSH
04-03-2019, 07:59 PM
Unfortunately, I was not able to get any pictures. I arrived about 5 minutes too late. The cluster was described by someone who was there. There were a few bees lingering on the tree where the swarm had landed.

clong
04-09-2019, 11:38 AM
4/9/19 12:30pm Bon Air, VA. Smallish swarm caught beneath a Holly tree.

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JWPalmer
04-13-2019, 04:36 PM
Aylett, 23009 Nice sized swarm on 4/13/19. Too bad they came out of my own hive. Saw the swarm cells two days ago so I knew it was going to happen. Residing now in a double deep nuc.

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GSH
04-13-2019, 05:48 PM
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GSH
04-13-2019, 05:50 PM
4/12, West end of Richmond

JWPalmer
04-13-2019, 06:05 PM
GSH, sounds like you are getting hammered with swarms. When you run out of room for them all, give me or Chris a call.:D:

clong
04-13-2019, 06:19 PM
04/13

Congratulations! Love the pictures. How do you scrape them off when they are clinging to a tree like that?

GSH
04-13-2019, 06:21 PM
If only that were the case. This was the same hive that I was late to last time. Took a lot longer to get there this time, but I feel the rain played to my favor. If I do start getting crowded, I'll let you know. :thumbsup:

JWPalmer
04-13-2019, 06:29 PM
I hear ya. I installed a package of Russians into a Warre hive today, in a drizzle. Just wrapping it up, ie, watching the girls orient to the new hive while talking about bees with new mentee, when the wife called to say I had a tree full of bees in the backyard. Hanover Courthouse to Aylett, please let them still be there. Did not start drizzling again until almost everyone had walked into the nuc.

GSH
04-13-2019, 06:49 PM
I placed my box at the base of the tree, away from the lean, then used a 5 x 8 card to drop as many as I could down, in small increments. Then, I placed the box on the side of the lean, on top of a painters tarp. A few shakes later and they started fanning. I put the top on the box, slightly ajar, and they started walking in. If I had to do it again, I'd put something down to elevate the box, cover it and completely wrap the bottom of the tree with the painter's cloth, then set my box on top of the cloth. This would have saved some from drowning, due to the rain and pooling water. Trial and error.

JWPalmer
04-14-2019, 03:24 PM
4/14 Aylett, 23009 another decent sized swarm also from my own hives. Not sure which one though. Maybe an after swarm from the blue hive which still had a lot of bees in it this morning for having swarmed yesterday. This time they landed in a holly tree about 20' up. Rope, step ladder, pruners, and tree saw. Half an hour later with top of tree in hand, the cluster was shook into the 10-frame box. Took a long time for all the bees to go into the box. I swear more were flying in from somewhere. No weird activity at the other hives.



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clong
04-14-2019, 06:28 PM
4/14 Goochland County 5:30pm. Heavy scouting at swarm trap. 10-20 bees.

Damien
04-21-2019, 08:40 PM
Va Beach. Caught a swarm in a trap on 4/15/19 and another one on 4/20/19.

Randyw
04-22-2019, 06:20 AM
Virginia Beach. Small swarm moved into bait box 4/18/19.

clong
04-25-2019, 08:43 AM
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North Chesterfield, VA. Small swarm (1 lb?) moved in on 4/23 or 4/24.

althea
04-25-2019, 10:37 AM
Swarm moved into a bait box. Powhatan, 23139. 4/24

JWPalmer
04-29-2019, 05:04 PM
Aylett, 23009. Had two nucs swarm Sunday 4/28. Shook one, the other is too high up to get. Set bait hive. Swarm still in tree 4/29.

Centralia, no idea when. Story on this one. Set a bait hive in a tree at a friend's house two years ago. No hits. Rebaited last Spring. He sells his house and tells me to come get the box today. He says no bees. Get there and climb the ladder. Hmm. Bees. Not prepared. Slap some duct tape over the opening and bring it home, an hours drive. Set the trap on the hive stand and opened it up. Brood comb fell to the bottom. Some idiot only put five frames in a six frame box, wonder where they decided to build comb? Anyhow, got all the comb rubber banded into frames and watched them for awhile. Seems to be ok. Praying the queen did not get injured when the comb fell. Good solid laying pattern of capped brood with plenty of eggs and young larvae. Estimate the swarm moved in around first week of April.

clong
04-29-2019, 05:42 PM
Aylett, 23009. Had two nucs swarm Sunday 4/28. Shook one, the other is too high up to get. Set bait hive. Swarm still in tree 4/29.

Centralia, no idea when. Story on this one. Set a bait hive in a tree at a friend's house two years ago. No hits. Rebaited last Spring. He sells his house and tells me to come get the box today. He says no bees. Get there and climb the ladder. Hmm. Bees. Not prepared. Slap some duct tape over the opening and bring it home, an hours drive. Set the trap on the hive stand and opened it up. Brood comb fell to the bottom. Some idiot only put five frames in a six frame box, wonder where they decided to build comb? Anyhow, got all the comb rubber banded into frames and watched them for awhile. Seems to be ok. Praying the queen did not get injured when the comb fell. Good solid laying pattern of capped brood with plenty of eggs and young larvae. Estimate the swarm moved in around first week of April.

JW,

Good story. Glad it worked out. Are you saying they built only one enormous comb?

One of the local beekeepers around here told a story of beating a pot to entice a swarm down from the trees. It did end up descending to a lower branch, but still out of reach. You can always give that a try with the wayward nuc. :)

JWPalmer
04-29-2019, 05:49 PM
On the first part, one big comb was on the lid and broke off. That one pretty much filled a deep frame. Another section of comb was attached to the side of the box. Cut that off and put in a second frame. One frame of foundation was partially drawn.

As far as beating on a pot, have you ever been on a snipe hunt? :)

JWPalmer
06-02-2019, 08:36 PM
Just as a followup, the swarm I caught in Centralia stayed in it's 6 frame trap until last week when I transfered it to a 10 frame deep. It has drawn out only 2-1/2 additional frames in the past month so today I put a feeder on it. At least three of my designated production hives swarmed. Two were captured and a third was lost to the trees. All the hives that swarmed are again Q+ with capped brood in them but unfortunantly, all the honey is in the brood frames, most foundationless, and none in the supers. I may try to extract some of it on slow speed. At least there were no swarm cells in any of the hives I inspected today. I think we are over that particular hurdle for this season.

okiwen
02-22-2020, 09:14 AM
Very glad to see this thread. I have seen the average time frames of swarms in Virginia. Thank you all. I will be building a Warre' swarm box today in prep. for next month evidently. By the way, any Warre keepers here?

clong
02-22-2020, 09:33 AM
Okiwen,

Swarms might be earlier this year.

Where you are located?

okiwen
02-22-2020, 12:32 PM
I am in Nokesville. I was going to build a trap today...but have been distracted. I will still get to it. This area has been very difficult for me to be successful. The small hives, no production to speak of. Still in the same two boxes not filled out.

squarepeg
02-22-2020, 12:43 PM
By the way, any Warre keepers here?

welcome to beesource okiwen. here is a link to the warre subforum:

https://www.beesource.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?294-Warre-and-other-Compact-Vertical-Hives-Forum

if you scroll down to 'thread display options' > 'show threads from the' > 'beginning'

you will see more threads

JWPalmer
03-20-2020, 05:48 PM
Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Got a swarm call from a last year's nuc customer about 5pm today. Big plus for the Apimaye hives he put the bees in. He is limited to the two hives he has so I hope to go get them tomorrow morning.

clong
03-20-2020, 07:11 PM
Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Got a swarm call from a last year's nuc customer about 5pm today. Big plus for the Apimaye hives he put the bees in. He is limited to the two hives he has so I hope to go get them tomorrow morning.

JW,

Great! I hope it is an easy catch.

JWPalmer
03-20-2020, 07:23 PM
I will post an update. Even if I do not get the queen, I have several just capped qc's in a split I made last week.

Litsinger
03-20-2020, 09:13 PM
Got a swarm call from a last year's nuc customer about 5pm today.

Thanks for the update, JW. How much earlier is this for you compared to the past few years? Scouting activity has just started around here.

JWPalmer
03-21-2020, 05:17 AM
Russ, this is way early for my area. Typically swarm traps will go out around the end of March. Mid-April to mid-May is our prime swarm season. So, atleast a good two weeks early from what we consider the start of the season. It is raining rhis morning here. Keeping my fingers crossed all goes well.

JWPalmer
03-21-2020, 09:39 AM
Swarm capture went well. There were a lot more bees than the picture and my initial visual assessment led me to believe. Bees were about 2-3" thick spread out over about 12 square inches in the English ivy. I used a soft paint brush and a small dishpan to collect them. Got a couple thousand bees in the box and was pretty sure I had the queen when they started fanning. That is until I started to pick up the stragglers. Found her in a small clump of bees still on the tree. She is now in a clip and suspended in the nuc full of drawn comb. All four frames are covered with bees. 48F and misting outside. Bees are still in the car, waiting for the sun to come out.

dddillon
03-21-2020, 03:58 PM
Swarm capture went well. There were a lot more bees than the picture and my initial visual assessment led me to believe. Bees were about 2-3" thick spread out over about 12 square inches in the English ivy. I used a soft paint brush and a small dishpan to collect them. Got a couple thousand bees in the box and was pretty sure I had the queen when they started fanning. That is until I started to pick up the stragglers. Found her in a small clump of bees still on the tree. She is now in a clip and suspended in the nuc full of drawn comb. All four frames are covered with bees. 48F and misting outside. Bees are still in the car, waiting for the sun to come out.

John, there is a possibility that the swarm had more than one queen. One could have been in the box (i.e the fanning) and the other was on the ground where your found her.

JWPalmer
03-21-2020, 04:10 PM
Considered that also. Even asked the beekeeper if had open queen cells in the hive that swarmed. He did not know. I put the nuc out on the hive stand and opened it up this afternoon. Bees making orentation flights and the queen is still in the clip. Tomorrow I am putting these bees in a 10 frame and will look for another queen before marking and releasing this one. Color will depend on what I find. Mutiple queens means Blue dots, single queen means a Green one.

rkereid
03-21-2020, 04:51 PM
Color will depend on what I find. Mutiple queens means Blue dots, single queen means a Green one.

...or a red dot, or a yellow dot! :)

JWPalmer
03-21-2020, 05:09 PM
True in most cases with swarms of unknown origins. Even a white one, but that is highly unlikely. This particular case is different. This is the queen, or a daughter of the queen, I sold him in a nuc last spring. I hadn't started marking queens yet, so I dont know for sure which. At most she is one year old.

Funny in a way. Last year I sold him two nucs. This year I got one of them back. Presumably with the same queen.

rkereid
03-21-2020, 05:17 PM
Ha! I see.

I've got one yellow dot this year. She's Martha, got her from Mike Palmer. She's doing exceptionally well building a nuc up.

clong
03-23-2020, 11:01 AM
Last Friday, 3/20 a swarm trap about 5 miles N of downtown Richmond was getting hit heavily. About 30 bees visible on the outside and just inside the entrance. There were roughly another 50 bees inside the trap. They were walking around calmly. It didn't look like scouting behavior.

Could they have been bees that got separated from a swarm in the area?

In any case, with JW's recent capture, it looks like swarm season is ramping up in Central Virginia.

Litsinger
03-23-2020, 11:37 AM
Funny in a way. Last year I sold him two nucs. This year I got one of them back. Presumably with the same queen.

This sounds like a good business model to me- 'Palmer's Rent-A-Queen'.

GSH
03-24-2020, 07:32 PM
Caught a small swarm yesterday near Bon Secours in Mechanicsville. Homeowners said they’d been there since Thursday. Thanks for the call Ed.